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7.5 Million Schengen Visa Applications in 2022, 55% Fewer Than Pre-COVID-19

Schengen visa embassies worldwide received a total of 7,572,755 short-term visa applications in 2022, which, while an increase over the previous two years, is still 55% less than the number of visas processed in 2019 prior to the Coronavirus outbreak.

7.5 Million Schengen Visa Applications in 2022, 55% Fewer Than Pre-COVID-19

Schengen countries received 16,955,541 applications in 2019, 2,924,365 in 2020, and 2,926,104 in 2021.

According to Schengen data, a total of 5,939,896 visas were granted in 2022, with 17.9 percent of applications refused, a much higher rejection rate than the 9.9 percent recorded in 2019.

France remains the top Schengen country in terms of most visa applications received, accounting for one-quarter of all Schengen applications submitted at French embassies, consulates, and visa centres. France is followed by Spain and Germany. For years, these three countries have held the top three spots in terms of the number of applications for a Schengen visa.

In terms of the largest visa applicant markets, Turkey now leads with 778,409 applications, followed by Russia with 687,239 and India with 671,928. In 2019, the top three applicant markets were Russia, China, and India. China is ranked 22nd in 2022.

Despite being at the top of the list, the number of Turkish individuals seeking for Schengen visas has decreased from 906,862 in 2019 to 778,409 in 2022.

When applying for a Schengen visa, passengers must go through many steps and gather a list of documents. Recently, visitors have become increasingly upset with the quantity of these documents that they are forced to provide at immigration facilities, calling on EU officials to eliminate bureaucracies.


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